MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) announced that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded the New York Medical College (NYMC) a grant for $201,250 to be used to study lung cancer triggered by nickel compounds.
Lung cancer is the main cause of cancer deaths globally, making up about 30 percent of all cancer deaths. Airborne carcinogens are the main cause of lung cancer, and nickel compounds are carcinogenic. In addition to smoking tobacco, exposure to wood/coal combustion and car exhaust, people can be exposed to carcinogens in the workplace.
“Healthy workers are happy and productive workers,” said Lowey. “Important research into the effects of harmful airborne carcinogens on our health will give us greater insight into preventing lung cancer. Federal investments in medical research are critical for enabling studies like these at New York Medical College, and I will continue to fight for NIH funding in Congress.”
Dr. Edward C. Halperin, NYMC’s chancellor and chief executive officer, praised NYMC faculty, including lead researcher, Dr. Dazhong Xu.
“New York Medical College's faculty has a long history of both investigating the causes of cancer and seeking measures to prevent it,” said Halperin. “Professor Xu's work continues this tradition. We are pleased to have such important research taking place on our campus.”
The research grant supports NYMC’ studies of the formation and growth of lung cancer due to exposure to nickel compounds.
NIH has granted a total of $3.2 million to NYMC for medical research within the last year.
Funding to National Institutes of Health has increased greatly since Congresswoman Lowey joined the House Appropriations Committee – the subcommittee that funds medical research.